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Hafod yr Abad Deserted Rural Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy), Powys

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Latitude: 52.3696 / 52°22'10"N

Longitude: -3.6965 / 3°41'47"W

OS Eastings: 284596

OS Northings: 275969

OS Grid: SN845759

Mapcode National: GBR 98.RY9C

Mapcode Global: VH5C6.WP6V

Entry Name: Hafod yr Abad Deserted Rural Settlement

Scheduled Date: 28 September 2001

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1371

Cadw Legacy ID: CD203

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Platform house

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument consists of a well-preserved and largely intact example of a deserted medieval monastic grange, represented by three well-preserved rectangular platforms, levelled areas of ground on which houses are built, cut into the hill slope. Platform I measures 27.5m by 9m, platform II 13.5m by 9m and platform III 15m by 10m.

The site forms an important element in a wider medieval and post-medieval upland landscape. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of settlement organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits, including intact palaeo-environmental remains and preserved medieval or post-medieval ground surfaces below the monument. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques. A platform house may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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